Customer Review

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to keep oneself and others "shining", 30 Jun 2011
This review is from: Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People (Hardcover)
Shine has one of the best introductions I have read in a long while. Hallowell's story of meeting "Dr. Shine" at the airport was inspiring. This story also gave the author the opportunity to overview the content of the book and the concepts he was to cover. I couldn't wait to see what was to come and eagerly turned the pages.

My enthusiasm dissipated somewhat as the book progressed. Not that it's not good - it is. Hallowell does a great job of synthesising much of the brain psychology research into good messages for managers. However, I felt the explanation of the "Why?" at times overpowered and overshadowed the "How?" (this might work for managers).

For example, there was plenty of explanation, but merely two to three paragraphs on how a manager might use the important concept of framing/reframing.

For a visual reader such as myself, the "Cycle of Excellence" would lend itself to a visual/diagram. I could then see where the five key concepts - (Select, Connect, Play, Grapple and Grow) fitted in the cycle. This would also have been very useful as a review tool and as an "on the desk reminder" for everyday use at work.

To me, the book seems to be a cross between a management text and a "how to" for managers. If the target audience is indeed managers, then they might need to do some extrapolation of the concepts to work out how to apply them in practise. There were however, a number of places where the author gives a list of things one can do to implement some of the concepts of Shine and this is useful. In particular, Chapter 7 "The Cycle of Excellence" which summarises the book, will be most useful for managers - in fact, one could almost read the summary first and then go to other parts of the book if one needed further explanation.

In summary, this is a good book. Managers will find some good motivational tips for keeping oneself and others "shining".

Bob Selden, authorWhat to Do When You Become the Boss: How New Managers Become Successful Managers
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.7 out of 5 stars (3 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
Used & New from: £8.50
Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Sydney, Australia

Top Reviewer Ranking: 123,486